Tuesday: This sketch is a little hard to see owing to the fine lines of a Rotring technical pen – it’s just a random sketch of some of my paintbrushes. I recently bought a cheap set on eBay thanks to my friend Keren (a doodle artist who uses technical pens all the time) as my old rapidographs were unusable. Sometimes I want a fine ink line but… wow! I have to draw slowly with these pens. Smoother paper would help too. For those art supply junkies looking at this sketch, there are a few Rosemary & Co daggers and a squirrel mop, as well as a Da Vinci No. 10 travel brush.
Wednesday: I need to drink more water, hence my choice of subject matter. I went crazy with some cyan and blue De Atramentis ink (using a small synthetic brush) and then tried to put some white acrylic ink over the top. I still haven’t clicked with painting with ink yet, but it is fun trying something different.
Thursday: No sketch in my sketchbook, but here is a blind contour I did in preparation for an architect’s workshop on Friday (more about that soon). Blind contours are normally used as an exercise for beginners or as a warm up, and they usually generate a little laugh. But perhaps, we should take them more seriously – don’t we all wish our eye-hand coordination was spot-on accurate? Mine certainly is not, and so my blind contour drawings are normally crazy. So imagine my surprise and delight when I actually drew this sketch blind and ended up at the same spot where I started. I was obviously in the groove and working at the right pace.
Friday: Another sketch-free day in my sketchbook (well apart from my daily latte of course) so here is a blind contour sketch that I did during the workshop. This was lovely to draw – feeling the edges of the roses and the side of the vase.
Saturday: I am really focusing on getting more sleep and have been going to bed around 9.30pm. I am also trying to make sure I have no screen time for an hour beforehand and stick to a new rule: “No iphone in the bedroom.” So anyway, to wean myself off evening kindle reading as well as using my phone, I roamed my bookshelves and pulled out a few random books that looked interesting to start reading/re-reading. Here is the collection drawn late at night with a black brush pen. I don’t really like very heavy black inky sketches in my own work but this year Inktober is all about experimenting.
I know that the titles are obscured (that was part of the plan) but I can tell you that this collection contains 4 x Le Corbusier books, 2 x Frank Lloyd Wright books, 1 x Louis Kahn book, 4 x history of architecture books, 2 x creativitiy(art) books, 1 x teaching book, 2 x business books, 1 x book of aerial photograph/analysis of the American landscape, 1 x Ruskin on Venice book (wasn’t sure how to characterise those last two books but they are both books I can pick up and start reading at any page)
Monday (today): My latte in coloured ink. My colours were not right, but it was a lot of fun.
So another minimal week. How about you, are you in a rhythm or you mixing it up?